Moms come in all different shapes and sizes. Their unwavering love and support for their children should, of course, be a common thread connecting them all. But aside from that, they are as diverse and unique as snowflakes in the pure driven snow. Nobody knows mom as well as you, so make sure to utilize that expertise when sorting thru the myriad dining and drinking options at your disposal this Sunday.
In my family, it's no big secret that Mama Dukes is a furious fan of the fermented grapes (sorry to blow up your spot, ma). To prepare for Mother's Day, I made reservations at Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Lane), one of the city's ideal destinations for viticultural delight. Just off of Market, it's a fun, not-overly stuffy setting with an accessible menu, including charceuterie, a diverse array of small plates, and re-imagined takes on classics like crawfish bisque and short rib stuffed ravioli. Best of all, everything is designed to work well with a wine list that is exhaustive without being exhausting. I'm going to convey class without breaking the bank (except for if my mom is reading this).
Some folks are blessed with a craft beer-guzzling mom. These fortunate souls would be wise to reserve a table at NOPA's favorite new brewpub, Barrelhead (1785 Fulton St). Featuring an inventive 30-line taphead constructed out of a converted missile, this bar has at least one beer to please every palate. From Scottish Ale on nitro, to Sonoma Cider in the bottle, mom's bound to find the perfect pairing for the hearty fare that punctuates the gastropub-minded menu here. If your mom's idea of a good meal is a strong West Coast IPA served along poutine in a rich beef gravy, followed by a large slab of mesquite-smoked brisket, not only is she sure to find haven here, but I'd also very much like to party with her. Bonus! The brewery is offering bottomless mimosas to any mom who comes in.
If your mother is craving cocktails before her big meal, Southside Spirit House (575 Howard St) in the shallow SoMa is just what the mixologist ordered. All week long, they're offering the Breakfast in Bed cocktail--a melodious blend of Aperol, lime and mint, topped with Prosecco and served in a champagne flute. Fancy. But because your mom is the sweetest woman you know, the Maiden Lane might be most appropriate. It's a bourbon cocktail muddled with strawberries, Canton, fresh-squeezed lemons and ginger beer.
No matter Mom's weapon of choice, the city has got her covered this Sunday. Just don't sleep on reservations, this is one of the busiest dining days of the year.